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Getting Sick in a Foreign Language

There is something familiar to me in that idea of an abandoned past; in a place like Beijing, you too can become anybody, literally. Because of the disconnect between here and Back Home, you can create for yourself the identity you've always wanted.

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History in the Making?

How unsuspecting Tuesday nights of experimentalism in a tiny bar may be indicative of our living in extraordinary times.

Jon Campbell
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Post (Modern) Punk

Gimme gimme mock treatment! A Shanghai folk band go suddenly and self-consciously punk in front of an in-on-the-joke Beijing audience.

Jon Campbell
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When Good Isn't Enough

When a national music scene is mediocre at best, what exactly constitutes 'good'? Campbell trounces his fortified preconceptions about Beijing rock bands to find out.

Jon Campbell
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Paying the Piper. Or Not.

Urban cool Beijingers are happy to spend their money on alcohol, karaoke, and high-end food. But when it comes to paying a cover to attend a live show, something happens: their sense of self-importance precludes their willingness to pay to be entertained by others.

Jon Campbell
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Vive La France!

A dozen Francais artists -- including electro-jazz troupe St Germain and tango-meets-dub-and-beats act Gotan Project, among others -- played a massive stage in a downtown Beijing park to an audience of several thousand merry revellers.

Jon Campbell
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Token White Guy

In which the Foreign Devil becomes eye candy, window-dressing and court jester all while not playing a John Denver song.

Jon Campbell
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The Anti-Godfather

Cui Jian brought rock and roll to a land of a billion people and has reigned for almost 20 years as the foremost proponent of Chinese rock. Just don't call him its Godfather.

Jon Campbell
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Midi Music Festival

In which the Foreign Devil picks up where he left off, taking readers back to China's favourite rock festival.

Jon Campbell
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The Four Represents

In which the Foreign Devil shares four Beijing-area rock experiences to prepare readers for what is Out There, and, further, what is to come.

Jon Campbell
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